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  • Obama administration ‘deeply concerned’ about Netanyahu Arab comments

    2 weeks ago

    The Obama administration is “deeply concerned” about Likud Party rhetoric marginalizing Arab Israelis during the recent elections.

    “There has been a lot of coverage in the media about some of the rhetoric that emerged yesterday that was propagated by the Likud Party to encourage...

  • Polls get it wrong as Netanyahu wins big

    2 weeks ago

    This story originally appeared at The Media Line.

    Israelis went to sleep believing that the two largest parties – the Likud of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Zionist Union headed by Isaac Herzog – had each received 27 seats in the Israeli Knesset, and Israel’s...

  • How Israel’s cities voted: Likud in Jerusalem, Zionist Union in Tel Aviv

    2 weeks ago

    The Likud and haredi Orthodox parties dominated in Jerusalem, while the Zionist Union took the most votes in Tel Aviv in Israel’s national elections.

    Nationally, the right-wing Likud Party garnered 23.3 percent of the vote and the center-left Zionist Union coalition garnered 18.7...

  • Netanyahu comeback propelled by hardline rhetoric, calls for unity on right

    2 weeks ago

    This city’s Rabin Square was full of young men wearing large knit kippahs and women in long skirts and long sleeves cheering as right-wing politicians declared their opposition to Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank.

    On Sunday night, when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...

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  • The morning after the elections: Things that I need to take back

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 weeks ago

    1. Unity? I don’t think so

    Yesterday evening, when the exit polls showed a tie (or a near tie) and a possible Netanyahu coalition of 63 or 64 seats – that is to say, a very narrow coalition – one could still see a path to a unity coalition. Today, with the results showing a much...

  • Netanyahu calls for forming rightist government without delay

    2 weeks ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, claiming victory for his Likud party in a close-call election on Tuesday, said he had invited other rightist politicians to join him in a coalition government "without delay."

    "Reality does not take a break," Netanyahu said in a speech to supporters after two television exit polls gave Likud a narrow lead over his centre-left challenger in the ballot.

  • After divisive campaign, Israelis render a split verdict

    2 weeks ago

    After weeks in which polls consistently showed Zionist Union holding a slight lead over the Likud Party of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israelis delivered a split decision in elections, leaving the two parties virtually tied atop exit polls.

    The polls on Tuesday from two...

  • Bibi’s fate hangs in the balance as Israel votes

    2 weeks ago

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced a fight for his political survival on Tuesday as Israelis voted in an election that opinion polls predict the center-left opposition could win.

    After a bitterly contested campaign, the election has turned into a referendum on "Bibi"...

  • Deep divisions apparent as Israelis head to polls

    2 weeks ago

    Relaxing on a bench on Rothschild Boulevard here, first-time voters Ellie Ashkenazi and Ziv Oran, both 18, talked about wanting to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But they couldn’t agree on which party to support to meet that end.

    Voters needed to close ranks around...

  • Israel’s election: It’s the economy, stupid

    2 weeks ago

    Ambassador Michael Oren and professor Manuel Trajtenberg, both immigrants who have served as Benjamin Netanyahu’s most respected — and visible — public servants, have joined campaigns against the Likud. Their voices reflect 11th-hour polling suggesting the Israeli electorate is...

  • Netanyahu: No Palestinian state on my watch

    2 weeks ago

    Benjamin Netanyahu said in an interview that as long as he is Israel’s prime minister, a Palestinian state will not be established.

    The interview was published Monday on the Israeli news website NRG, a day before Israelis head to the polls, as Netanyahu attempts to shore up...

  • Business leaders see peace boost if Netanyahu loses Israeli election

    2 weeks ago

    An upset victory by Israel's centre-left opposition in Tuesday's election could be a welcome change for a business and corporate sector eager for the "peace dividend" that might come with a government willing to talk with the Palestinians.

    Although Prime Minister Benjamin...

  • Netanyahu meets the press

    2 weeks ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is famously media shy, avoiding interviews with Israeli journalists, declining televised debates with his opponents and communicating almost exclusively via speeches and official statements.

    But with his Likud party trailing in the polls...

  • Center-left opposition rides a solid lead into Israeli election

    3 weeks ago

    Israel's center-left opposition is poised for an upset victory in next week's parliamentary election, with the last opinion polls before Tuesday's vote giving it a solid lead over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's party.

    Final polls published by Israel's Channel 10 and Channel...

  • Netanyahu’s main challenger widens lead in Israeli opinion polls

    3 weeks ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched a last-minute media blitz on Thursday to counter what appears to be a rising tide of support for his main opponent in next week's election, the centrist Zionist Union.

    The latest opinion polls show momentum shifting to Zionist...

  • The 2015 Israeli election: Stuck in an elevator

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 weeks ago

    Two weeks before Election Day, a somewhat strange group of Israelis gathered to celebrate in a rented hall at Tel Aviv’s Eretz Israel Museum. In attendance were scholars, advertising professionals, journalists and publishing industry editors. And politicians, many politicians....

  • In Israeli election, it’s all about Bibi

    3 weeks ago

    However much they disagree with his policies, opponents of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would surely admit he was right about one thing: These elections are all about him.

    When he called for new elections in December, Netanyahu said the vote would enable him “to gain...

  • Persistent Israeli ethnic divide may split vote for Netanyahu

    3 weeks ago

    In the past, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party could count on Israelis like 50-year-old shopkeeper Yossi Levy when it came to election day.

    Levy, who describes himself as a lifelong Likud voter, is a member of Israel's Sephardic community - Jews of Middle...

  • Netanyahu says sees ‘worldwide’ effort to topple him

    3 weeks ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in broadcast remarks on Tuesday there was a "huge, worldwide effort" to ensure he loses next week's closely contested election.

    Army Radio, which aired what it said were comments he made on Monday to activists of his right-wing Likud...

  • Likud’s ‘Us or Them’ TV ads raise ire

    February 25, 2015 | 10:50 am

    The Likud Party has replaced a TV spot featuring Islamic State terrorists on a mission to take over Jerusalem with a second commercial warning that Israeli-Arab politicians will anchor any government that might replace Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Both Likud television commercials...

  • Jordanian rapper sues Netanyahu and his party over campaign clip

    February 18, 2015 | 9:09 am

    A Jordanian hip-hop group has taken legal action against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party after one of its songs was used in a campaign video for Israel's election next month.

    Firas Shehadeh, founder of the group Turabyeh ("Of the Soil"), filed an injunction...

  • Comptroller’s report: Netanyahu family spent excessively with public funds

    February 17, 2015 | 10:40 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could be facing a criminal investigation following a government report that said he and his family spent public funds excessively on personal items.

    The report issued Tuesday by State Comptroller Yosef Shapira cited the excessive spending...

  • Moshe Feiglin leaving Likud

    January 6, 2015 | 10:42 am

    Moshe Feiglin said he is quitting the Likud Party after failing to secure a realistic spot on the candidates’ list for the March elections.

    Feiglin, a Likud member since 2005 and a Knesset lawmaker since 2013, finished 36th on the Likud list in voting held by party members last...

  • Israel’s Livni joins opposition head to challenge PM

    December 10, 2014 | 9:01 am

    Former Israeli justice minister Tzipi Livni and the center-left parliamentary opposition leader will jointly challenge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a March election, political sources said on Wednesday.

    They said Livni, whom Netanyahu fired last week as coalition rifts...

  • Netanyahu fumes at ‘chickenshit’ slur

    October 29, 2014 | 10:05 am

    An anonymous U.S. official's reported description of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a "chickenshit" drew a sharp response on Wednesday from the Israeli leader – no stranger to acrimony with the Obama administration.

    The American broadside, in an interview in The Atlantic...

  • Israel’s Rivlin seeks to cure ‘disease’ of racism

    October 24, 2014 | 11:12 am

    Israel’s president fills a largely ceremonial role — meeting with foreign dignitaries, representing the government at state funerals and other official gatherings. But the office’s new occupant has embraced a challenge not inherent to the job: curbing what he sees as an epidemic of...

  • Avigdor Lieberman: ‘About our PR, I completely agree, it is very, very bad’

    By Jared Sichel

    September 17, 2014 | 1:44 pm

    The meteoric rise of Israel’s Russian-speaking, Moldova-born immigrant and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman may be proof, as he told an admiring Jewish National Fund (JNF) crowd in Los Angeles on Sept. 15, that Israel is more like America than even America.

    Not quite a pristine...

  • Fired by Netanyahu in midst of Gaza campaign, rival aims to give voice to Likud’s hawks

    By Jared Sichel

    August 14, 2014 | 8:24 am

    Former Israeli deputy defense minister Danny Danon did not seem bothered by the fallout from his rift in mid-July with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu—a spat that ended with Netanyahu removing Danon as this country’s Deputy Minister of Defense.

    In fact, he seemed more relaxed...

  • Netanyahu fires deputy defense chief over criticism of Gaza campaign

    July 15, 2014 | 1:11 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu removed Danny Danon from his post as Israel’s deputy defense minister after Danon criticized the government’s handling of the Gaza operation.

    “At a time when the Government of Israel and the IDF are in the midst of a military campaign against the...

  • Likud’s Reuven Rivlin is elected president of Israel

    June 10, 2014 | 8:34 am

    Reuven Rivlin of the Likud party was elected president of Israel in a campaign that was fraught with scandal.

    Rivlin was elected in the second round of Knesset balloting on Tuesday, defeating Meir Sheetrit of the Hatnua party in a 63-53 runoff vote. The former Knesset speaker...

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